Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition launches May 8 in North America

Physical edition includes soundtrack, art book, and more.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition

XSEED Games will release Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition both physically and digitally for Switch in North America on May 8, the company announced.

The limited “Ultimate Day One Edition” physical release will be available at select retaielrs and cost $39.99. It includes the game’s 30-song “Risky Beats” soundtrack on CD, a 100-page art book (96 interior pages + 4 page cover), and the “Pirate Queen’s Quest,” “Costume Mode,” and “Friends Mode” downloadable content on the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition game card packed in the box.

In Europe, PQube has previously announced it will release Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition both physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and Switch on April 27.

Here is an overview of the game, via XSEED Games:

About Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Following three highly successful releases with Shantae, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero reacquaints players with the cast of Shantae in style. The magical world of Sequin Land is more vibrant than ever with true high-definition graphics that retain the charm of the original 2D hand-drawn sprites the series is known for. Shantae, the spirited young half-genie, must once again defend Scuttle Town from the pirate captain and self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas, Risky Boots, who plots to steal a newly discovered limitless source of power.

Shantae has previously protected her hometown from all forms of evil including steam-powered pirates, undead evildoers, and militaristic madmen, and is ready to take on Risky Boots with her trademark Hair Whip attack and Belly Dance moves, which give her the power to transform into eight different creatures. Non-stop action with immersive 2.5D environments and a new relic system give novice and expert players alike a uniquely tailored platforming experience. All of Sequin Land becomes a fully explorable world — after conquering massive bosses, the Arcade-style action stages can be revisited to discover new items and secrets based on new abilities Shantae has gained in later areas.

About the Ultimate Edition

Don a fancy hat, trade magic for good old-fashioned weapons and tools, and play the role of the bodacious (and ambiguously evil) buccaneer Risky Boots with the Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC. Having successfully stolen the powerful Dynamo from Shantae’s uncle, Risky Boots must now traverse the game to uncover the five mysterious components needed to upgrade the machine and bend Sequin Land to her will in this all-new adventure!

The “Ultimate Edition” also includes the Costume Mode and Friends Mode DLC, because no dance party is complete without friends and costumes! Friends Mode takes Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops into her nightmare where they must find and save her from certain doom. Shantae’s wardrobe gets expanded with the Costume Mode DLC, which provides three new arcade-style adventures for her to shimmy her way through in style. Stick to the shadows as Ninja Shantae, soak in the sun as Beach Shantae, or lay down the law as the Mighty Switch Force-inspired Officer Shantae in these arresting new arcade adventures!

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